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Easter Day
9th April 2023

HT Easter Garden 2021

Here you can find resources for our liturgy to pray at home or wherever you are. 

The readings for today and some of the prayers of our liturgy are on the downloadable pew sheet.

Thank you for joining us for the Easter Vigil
as we continue our journey through the Easter Triduum

The Easter Fire and Blessing of the Paschal Candle

We hear the story of salvation as we journey from darkness to light

The renewal of Baptismal Vows and the first Eucharist of Easter

Downloads (PDF)

Preparation

Organ Prelude
Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow: Christ lag in Todesbanden
Opening dialogue

The angel said to the women:
Whom are you seeking?

Jesus of Nazareth, who died and was buried.

Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified.
He is not here, but has been raised from the dead. 
So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell the disciples.

Alleluia, Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed, alleluia.

In church, there is a procession around the building while we sing Alleluia, alleluia, hearts to heaven and voices raise

Greeting

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Collect for Purity

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Confession and Absolution

God is love and we are God’s children, there is no room for fear in love.
We love because God loved us first. Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith.

Silence

God our Father, we confess to you
and to our fellow members in the Body of Christ
that we have sinned in thought, word and deed,
and in what we have failed to do. We are truly sorry.
Forgive us our sins,
and deliver us from the power of evil.
For the sake of your Son who died for us,
Jesus Christ, our Lord.

God, who is both power and love,
forgive us and free us from our sins,
heal and strengthen us by the Holy Spirit
and raise us to new life in Christ our Lord. Amen.

Gloria reflection
Johann Gottfried Walther: Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr
Collect

Almighty God,
who, through your Son, Jesus Christ,
have overcome death and opened the gates of eternal life:
grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of his resurrection,
may be raised from the death of sin
by your life-giving Spirit;
through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you,

The Liturgy of the Word

Page from Gospel Book
First Reading Acts 10.34-43
read by Andrew Tyler

In church, we sing the hymn Jesus Christ is risen today

Second Reading 1 Corinthians 15.1-11
read by Graeme Young
Gospel Reading John 20.1-18
The Rector
Sermon
The Rector
Nicene Creed

We believe in one God, the Father, the almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord,
Jesus Christ, the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God, begotten, not made,
of one substance with the Father.
Through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven;
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and was made human.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord,
the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father.
With the Father and the Son,
he is worshipped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism
for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.
Amen.

Intercessions
led by Andrew Pont

The Liturgy of the Sacrament

HT chalice and host at Elevation
Offertory Prayer

Let us present our offerings to the Lord. Yours, Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the splendour and the majesty; for everything  in heaven and on earth is yours. All things come from you, and of your own we give you.

Eucharistic Prayer
The Breaking of the Bread
The Lord’s Prayer

Please join in the prayer Jesus himself taught us:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Do not bring us to the time of trial
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever.
Amen.

Thanksgiving and Sending Out

Post-Communion Prayer

Lord, you have nourished us with the Easter sacrament:
fill us with the spirit of your love, and unite us in faith;
that we may be witnesses to the resurrection
and show your glory to all the world;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessing
The Dismissal

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord, alleluia, alleluia.
In the name of Christ, alleluia, alleluia.

Organ Postlude
Jeremiah Clarke: The Prince of Denmark’s March
HT Easter Garden 2021

Notices

This week

Sunday 9th April
Easter Day

  • 8.30 am Holy Communion
  • 10.30 am Sung Eucharist
    online resources will be available on this website

Tuesday 11th April

  • 7.30 – 9.30 pm Young Adults Group at St Saviour’s, Bridge of Allan
    (More information: youngadultsgroup021@gmail.com & flyer displayed in church)

Thursday 13th April

  • 11 am Service of the Word
Next week

Sunday 16th April               
EASTER 2                          

  • 8.30 am Holy Communion
  • 10.30 am Sung Eucharist
    Readings: Acts 214a,22-32; 1 Peter 1.3-9; John 20.19-31

Confirmation Service (21st May)

Bishop Ian will be with us at HT on Sunday, 21st May, for a service of Confirmation. Should you have not been confirmed yet and wish to be included, please speak to the Rector or a member of the ministry team.

Helping Ukraine

You might be interested in how best to help people in crisis in Ukraine.
The College of Bishops have highlighted these two organisations:

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal: 
https://donation.dec.org.uk/ukraine-humanitarian-appeal 
Among the DEC partners are Christian Aid, the British Red Cross, and Tearfund. The UK Government has pledged to match donations from the public to the DEC fund, pound-for-pound, up to £20 million.

The UK for UNHCR: 
https://www.unrefugees.org.uk/where-help-is-needed/ukraine-situation/

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